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What are the three US courts mentioned in your homework?

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Ronald Miller on January 9, 2019

There are more than three US (or federal) courts, but the three best-known courts are the Article III courts of general jurisdiction: US District Courts The 94 US district Courts are the courts of first instance of the federal judiciary. They have jurisdiction over most types of cases, civil and criminal, within their geographical areas. Appeals from the united states District Courts go to the Court of Appeals, the Circuit Courts. US Courts of Appeals Circuit Courts There are thirteen us Courts of Appeals Circuit Courts comprising the intermediate appellate step between the District Courts and the Supreme Court. Twelve of these courts handle cases from District Courts within their geographical areas. The Circuits are referred to specifically by its name or number; for example, the united States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit united States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The thirteenth Circuit court of the united States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has nationwide jurisdiction over cases from the courts of International Trade and Federal Claims. Also the review of patent disputes, and other matters. The supreme Court of the united States, Though we often refer to the highest court of the nation, as the Supreme Court of the united states (to distinguish it from state supreme courts), the official name is the of the Supreme Court of the united States, often abbreviated SCOTUS. The nine justices (one chief justice and eight associate Justices) primarily hear cases on appeal from the Circuit Courts, although they may hear certain types of cases, directly from the united states District Courts, and also of the state supreme courts, if the case involves a preserved question of federal or constitutional law. The majority of the cases are submitted to the Supreme Court a petition for a writ of certiorari, a request for the Court to review the petitioner's case. In 2009, the Court received more than 7,700 petitions, and accepted less than 100 for oral argument. The Court has sole discretion over the cases it hears, so that the judges choose the matters of national importance or issues on which the Constitution is interpreted inconsistently or in opposition to the opinion of the Court. For more information, see Related Questions, below.

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